I thought I’d put together a photo diary of some of my favorite places and photos of Milan. I lived in Milan for about 3 years (and before I created this blog) and my blog just feels incomplete without Milan in it because it’s such a special part of my heart. 🙂
In this post, I’ll highlight some of the main places to visit and the beauty that Milan has to offer.
For starters, Milan is a very unique city compared to the rest of the country. It is by far the most international city of Italy, which is apparent after spending just a short time there. People from all over the world converge in Milan to become a part of this business and fashion center.
For a city that is so diverse culturally, it’s also interesting to note that it is not overly touristic. Milan maybe isn’t the first place that you think to visit when traveling to Italy, but there are stunning parts to it and it has a very different vibe which makes it very worth a visit.
Il Duomo di Milano
The duomo of Milan is the most amazing cathedral I have ever seen. Now, I haven’t seen the whole world (just yet 😉 ), but I have travelled extensively in Italy and Spain and I’ve never seen anything that even comes close to the breathtaking beauty of the Duomo di Milano. You can look at it for hours and still see new sculptures and details. It is made of gorgeous marble and took almost six centuries to complete (it remains unfinished actually).
My grandfather fought in the Italian army during WWII, and was able to see the duomo for a brief time in his travels with the military. My family is from a very small rural town in southern Italy, so he otherwise would never have been able to see Milan at all. He always spoke about how breathtaking it was so it’s really special to me. 🙂
Bear in mind that I used iphones for the following pictures, so some are not the best quality 🙂
You can also either climb stairs or take an elevator to the top of the duomo. There is plenty of space to walk around and see the view of the city from above, but also to see the architecture and beautiful detail of the structure up close.
Il Castello Sforzesco
The castle in Milan is another sight to see. It is just enormous. There is a museum inside of it with some special works by Leonardo Da Vinci and other beautiful paintings and painted ceilings. It has a huge trench surrounding it that was once a moat filled with water. The Castello Sforzesco totally brings you back to its time period by how impressive it is.
There are two navigli- or canals- in the city that were designed by Leonardo Da Vinci-the Naviglio Grande and the Naviglio Piccolo, and they are perpendicular to one another. They are usually filled with water (though they are often drained) and are lined on either side with narrow cobblestone streets filled with restaurants. Actually there are great aperitivos to find along the navigli 😉 I lived very close to the navilgio piccolo for almost all of my time in Milan, so I often walked them.
Arco della Pace
The Arco della Pace or the “Arch of Peace” was dedicated the peace made between European Nations that was reached in 1815 by the Congress of Vienna. Unfortunately I don’t have many photos of the Arco della pace, despite it being one of my absolute favorite things about the city.
I always thought of Corso Sempione, the street leading up to the arch as a mini Champs-Élysées 🙂 The structure is extremely impressive and detailed and stands at the start of Parco Sempione, the largest park in Milan. On Corso Sempione you can find amazing aperitivos as well. 🙂 It’s a fun place to hang around at night with friends.
Beautiful shots and places around Milan
In this next section of photos, I’ve just compiled some of my favorite shots and moments around Milan. There is beauty around every corner…
I hope I’ve inspired some of you to make it to Milan at some point. It’s very underrated in my opinon 🙂 Buon lunedì e a presto! :*
photo of galleria and statue: Silar, Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike 3.0 Unported
first photo of castle: G.dallorto